Employment and training with the Crown Solicitor's Office

The Attorney-General's Department

Employment and training with the Crown Solicitor's Office

Employment

General vacancies

The CSO is required to fill all positions via a merit-based selection process. Positions are advertised via the Government's Jobs SA Website. You are able to register to receive updates about legal positions via the JobsSA website ('Tools' - 'Email Me Jobs'). Positions that are able to be filled via an external call (i.e. open to those not already working in Government) may also be advertised through online recruitment websites (such as Seek or Career1) or the Saturday edition of the Advertiser Newspaper. 

Graduate pool

The CSO has established a Graduate Solicitor Pool. Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified as suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications for the pool are valid for a period of twelve months.
 
Potential applicants are advised that the CSO Graduate Pool is currently closed and will re-open in the 2017-18 financial year.
 
You are able to register to receive updates about legal positions on the JobsSA website.

Paralegal pool

The CSO has established a Paralegal Pool. Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified as suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications for the pool are valid for a period of twelve months.
 
Potential applicants are advised that the CSO Paralegal Pool is currently closed and will re-open in January/February of 2017. You are able to register to receive updates about this position on the JobsSA website.
 

Administrative Officer and Legal Secretary Pools

The CSO has established Administrative Officer and Legal Secretary Pools. Successful applicants are placed in a pool and notified as suitable vacancies arise. Successful applications for the pool are valid for a period of twelve months.

Potential applicants are advised that the CSO Administrative Officer and Legal Secretary Pools are currently closed and likely re-open in February/March of 2017.

You are able to register to receive updates about this position on the JobsSA website.

Work experience

The Crown Solicitor’s Office offers the opportunity for high school students to complete a work experience placement for a period of up to one week. Work experience within the Crown Solicitor’s Office will be made available to two year 10, 11 or 12 work experience students, twice a year. Please note that we take rolling applications so once the work experience allocation has been met we will no longer be able to accept any more applications, therefore we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.
 
Placements will be held between:
•        29 May to 2 June 2017
•        25 to 29 September 2017
 
Unfortunately, these dates are not flexible. If the dates do not coincide with your High School’s allocated work experience week you may wish to approach your teachers to negotiate to attend the work experience week and complete other forms of school work during the allocated week.
 
During their placement, students will be given the opportunity to learn about the work and services that the CSO provide. Students may also have the opportunity to accompany solicitors to court, learn about records processes, accompany the Rounds Clerk on afternoon rounds at various courts around Adelaide, conduct basic legal research, watch Trials, accompany solicitors to client meetings, participate in a Q&A with current Law Students about studying and transitioning into a professional legal environment, go on a tour of Parliament House, go on a tour of the Magistrate’s Court, develop administration skills in photocopying, filing, binding, and more! Please note that the activities offered during each intake is determined by what can be accommodated at the time of placement and may therefore vary. 
 
Unfortunately, work experience cannot be offered to individuals who are not completing it through an insured work experience program due to limitation in resources and insurance complications. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact us via email CSO-BusinessServices@sa.gov.au
 

Practical legal training

The CSO offers placements to students wishing to complete the practical legal training (PLT) component of their Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (GDLP) of their professional qualifications. Placements are offered to approximately six students three times per year, for a period of six weeks (225 hours) in accordance with the guidelines set by the Law Society.
 
Only students currently undertaking their PLT/GDLP are eligible. 
 
Potential applicants are advised that the dates available for 2017 are as follows:
•        27 February 2017 to 7 April 2017 (Intake complete)
•        15 May 2017 to 23 June 2017
•        21 August 2017 to 29 September 2017
 
Please note that we take rolling applications. Once the PLT allocation has been met we will no longer be able to accept any more applications, therefore we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Apply for the 2017 intake.
 
If you would like to express your interest in undertaking your PLT with the Crown Solicitor’s Office or have any questions, please contact us via email CSO-BusinessServices@sa.gov.au.
 

Summer clerkships

Program objectives

The CSO Summer Clerkship Program offers law students an opportunity to gain practical legal experience within a government environment, and undertake work within a legal practice.

Participants

Students completing their final years of study are invited to apply for a summer clerkship. The CSO is interested in students who are high achievers in both academic and personal lives, with good interpersonal skills, relevant legal work experience and relevant references.

Program

The CSO Summer Clerkship program offers selected students the opportunity to take part in a structured program, including training and development sessions covering a range of legal and non-legal topics:

  • Introduction to CSO
  • Tour of the Attorney General's Department library, and training in the use of on-line facilities
  • Training in drafting and legal research
  • Information session on the practice management system
  • File and matter management
  • Assisting in client matters, under supervision.

Students offered clerkships will be paid for the full eight weeks. Each summer clerk is allocated to a section within the CSO, or outposted to various government agencies.

Timing

Summer Clerkships are offered for a period of eight weeks each year, commencing in mid-December. Summer Clerkships conclude in time for students to attend the first Practical Legal Training Program offered by the Law Society.

Numbers

Each year 6 - 7 placements are offered to law students. Placements are highly sought after and extremely competitive.

Applications

Applications for a Summer Clerkship close on 30 April of each year. Interviews will be conducted by June, with all offers being completed by the end of July. Applicants are advised that the 2017 program is now open

Apply for the summer clerkship now.

Selection criteria

Each application will be assessed upon the criteria mentioned above and presentation at interview.

Enquiries

All enquiries should be directed to the Business Services Section, phone (08) 8463 6558 or email CSO-BusinessServices@sa.gov.au.

Last updated: 
Friday, 24 February 2017
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